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A former Southampton footballer is now Britain's highest-paid pornstar after making a dramatic career change.
Danny Mountain (yes, that's his real name) was vying to become a professional player after signing with the Saints as a nine-year-old and had Chelsea, West Ham and Spurs interested in him.
The St Mary's club have had many special academy prospects come through the ranks over the years and Mountain was tipped to make the grade.
"Alan Ball paid me a few compliments - you can't get better than that," Mountain told the Daily Echo.
"He and Geoff Hurst were watching us train when I was about 12 and he said to my dad 'every ten to 15 years in this country we have a talent that sticks out from the rest and I believe your son may be that talent.' I was over the moon when he said that - I had the biggest head!"
But at the age of 16 his dream came to a crushing halt when he suffered a knee injury in a tackle. Southampton paid for him to have therapy and realising his playing days were over before they started, he then trained to be a carpenter.
Football/soccer memories from Slough town cup final 2005 to my Southampton FC and England school boy days :soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer::soccer: pic.twitter.com/PC2KzwlBSP- Danny Mountain INC. (@DannyMountain10) March 29, 2020
Then, he stumbled across a very different opportunity and moved into the porn industry, where he has now starred in nearly 600 films, as per the Daily Star.
"I was dating a Page Three girl. Her agent wanted her to get into porn. She wasn't keen but he gave her the details of an audition in London and I went along. I didn't know what to expect but I was full of confidence.
"I wasn't at all nervous about the sexual part. I was worried about talking on camera - I couldn't control my face I was so nervous.
"When I told my mum she was a bit shocked. She had the same mentality as a lot of people - she thought it was going to be sleazy. But we had a serious talk about it and after a few months she didn't worry at all.
"She was worried that I was OK because I was only 19 but I was having a great time and flying all round the world and she realised how happy I was. My dad's a big kid. When I told him he was like 'go on my son!"
And it's worked out wonderfully since he made the surprise switch at the age of 20. Moving to Los Angeles, he's been married twice - to Eva Angelina and Mia Malkova and rubbed shoulders with stars such as Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones.
According to Scorum Danny broke into the top ten for the highest-paid adult film stars in the world and has more than £1 million in earnings.
He's also a father to children - a girl called Silvi and a boy named Jaxon.
"As a child, I dreamed of becoming a famous footballer," he explained.
"Unfortunately, I will never score for England, but it did not stop me from being successful.
"Today I have a big house, I eat at restaurants, and play football with Jones, Statham and other celebrities at the weekends. Would I like my daughter to be a porn actress? Of course not.
"But, if I have a son, I will tell him the same way as my father used to: "Dare, son!"
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